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LaPaugh to replace Gager as master of Forbes College

Computer science professor Andrea LaPaugh will replace religion professor John Gager as master of Forbes College on July 1.

LaPaugh, now a faculty fellow in Butler College, is no stranger to Forbes. She was a Forbes fellow from 1983 to 1992, and she served on the advisory board of the Forbes computing center from 1984 to 1986.

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"She is warm, open, accessible to students and really interested in their academic and nonacademic lives," said Dean of the College Nancy Malkiel, who recommended LaPaugh for the position.

LaPaugh said she plans to work closely with Gager this spring to learn about her future responsibilities as master. She will also have the opportunity to become more involved in the college by meeting Forbes students and participating in the selection of the new RAs, MAAs and assistant master.

"I'm taking over from a wonderful master," said LaPaugh, noting she is pleased with the current operation of Forbes.

LaPaugh, who serves as associate chair of the computer science department, has been a University faculty member since 1981. Recently, she has taught COS 111: Computers and Computing and COS 425: Database Systems, which will be offered this spring. She also teaches advanced topics at the graduate level.

Involvement

LaPaugh said that though her new position will require a substantial time commitment, she will still conduct research and teach.

"This will be a wonderful opportunity for me to learn more about Princeton undergraduates," La-Paugh said, emphasizing that she will be able to interact with students in a less formal environment than that which classes offer. "It's a chance to explore general educational and thinking issues," she added.

'Fond memories'

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Gager has been master of Forbes since 1992 and this year marks the end of his two-term tenure. Under his guidance, Forbes has served as a leader in new programs, such as the Thursday evening parties in residential colleges intended to serve as an alcohol-free alternative to a night at the 'Street.'

He said his fondest memories as master include interacting with the college staff, RAs and MAAs, and becoming acquainted with Forbes residents.

"It's been a blast," said Gager. "Every day I've been here I've gotten up in the morning and looked forward to coming to Forbes."

Gager will continue to teach at the University as the William H. Danforth Professor of Religion. Next year, however, he will be on a leave of absence at Jerusalem's Institute for Advanced Studies.

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